Role Call: Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Working Committee

Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Committee is seeking new members.

Architects and interns have expressed an interest in playing a key role in supporting government responses following any major disaster. AIBC has been invited to join other professional associations who are involved in  municipal and provincial Disaster preparedness programs. The Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Committee will be working with municipalities and BC’s emergency management agencies to establish communication and deployment strategies, and to develop BC-specific content for a post-disaster damage and safety assessment course.  The course will lead to a contact list of trained volunteers who could be called upon by authorities having jurisdiction in the aftermath of a disaster.  Members who completed the 1-day Safety Assessment Course in the USA, or at the recent 2014 AIBC Shifting Perspectives Conference, or who may have attended BC Housing’s Rapid Assessment Course are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee or to learn more information, please contact Alexandra Kokol, Professional Services Coordinator at; or 604.683.8588 ext. 312.

AIBC Rulings on Associate Status Disclosure Now In Effect

Please be advised that the associate disclosure rulings connected to AIBC Bylaw 34.10 came into effect on April 17, 2015. The three rulings, approved by council earlier this year, require associates to notify clients and authorities having jurisdiction of their associate status when they are providing services on projects in the exceptions with no architect supervising. In such situations, associates must also notify clients of their professional liability insurance status. The council ruling applies to the three classes of AIBC associates: Intern Architects AIBC, Retired Architects AIBC and Architectural Technologists AIBC.

An updated Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct has been issued reflecting these changes. Since the rulings also relate to notification by associates of insurance status, updates have also been made to AIBC Bulletin 66 and Practice Note 10. Review the list of Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

AIBC Council passed the motion to establish regulatory requirements for associates at its January 2015 meeting. The council decision was made taking into account member feedback provided during an extended February-March 2015 notification period; results from the Retired Architect Survey, conducted in November-December 2014, where 18% of registered architects and 63% of retired architects participated; and recommendations from the Associates Task Force.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the AIBC at 604.683.8588 and ask to speak with Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor or Thomas Lutes, Barrister & Solicitor, Director of Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice.

Supporting Documentation

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
AIBC Bulletin 66
Practice Note 10
Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

Ventilation and Condensation – Part 3 Buildings
This course focuses on the relationship between ventilation and condensation performance problems within the living spaces of the building, as well as within enclosed spaces of the building enclosure such as vented roof assemblies, parapets, walkways and crawlspaces. Building code requirements and the science of ventilation and condensation will be presented followed by case studies that illustrate the concepts.

Date: May 27, 2015 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: TBD
Learning Units (LUs): 4 Core
Cost: $299.00 + GST = 313.95
To Register:

In Passing: Henry Yorke Mann

Henry Yorke Mann Architect AIBC, passed away on April 2, 2015.  He was surrounded by family and friends in his home the ‘Manndela,’ after experiencing a series of strokes in Oliver, BC at the age of 84.

“Henry Yorke Mann was an architect who understood the true spirit of architecture and lived fully in the Way of clarity and directness that embodied this understanding. Drawing inspiration from his friendships with former architect and poet Bud Wood and with painter Jack Wise, Henry forged a singular and powerful style that set him apart from his contemporaries. Through a deeply meditative and thoughtful process, he created spaces embodying a sense of presence and meaning rarely found in contemporary architecture. His characteristically dense detailing and profound exploration of archetypal forms produced timeless works of great personal and universal resonance. For Henry, the place of the architect is alongside great composers, musicians, painters and poets who aspire to fully express the beauty, depth and mystery of humanity. Both his built work and the loving memory of his genuine and generous character embody his ideal.” ~Norman Goddard

Join friends and family to Celebrate the Life of Henry Yorke Mann, Sunday, April 26, 11:00am-3:00pm at their home, 222 Old Camp McKinney Road Oliver, BC. Memorial contributions may be sent to Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0 or online at
Published: April 16, 2015
By: © 2015 Henry Yorke Mann Architect B.arch. MAIBC. MRAIC., Newsletter

Heritage Vancouver Society

What is Neighbourhood Character?
In this panel, speakers explore the hot topic of neighborhood character in Vancouver.  What features give areas their distinctive character? How can we balance heritage conservation with other community and financial interests? How can we ensure new development is responsive to the neighbourhood context? A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone will be invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.

Date: May 27, 2015, 7pm-9pm
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Core
Cost: Free but registration required
To Register:

Garibaldi Glass

5th Annual Garibaldi Glass Day
Garibaldi Glass is once again putting on their 5th Annual Garibaldi Glass day. At this event attendees will learn about Aesthetics consideration, coating types, selection and energy performance. Other topics that will be discussed are: Introduction to Lean Philosophy & Project Management, and a Panel Discussion on How to add Value to your Projects.

Date: May 1, 2015, 1pm-7pm
Location: Garibaldi Glass. 8183 Wiggins Street, Burnaby, BC
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core (1 per session)
Cost: Free

Architecture film festival adds stories to foundation

By Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press, April 15, 2015

LEGENDARY singer Frank Sinatra. Rumpled French comedy star Jacques Tati. And remote, rocky Fogo Island off Newfoundland’s northern coast.

What do they have in common?

Each have been touched by architecture in vastly different ways.

Those stories are told in the five-day Architecture + Design Film Festival, an event entering its fourth year celebrating the multi-faceted nature of architecture.

The film festival is the brainchild of Susan Algie of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, an organization with a mandate of educating the public about architecture. Read more…

Two B.C. winners of 2015 RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award announced

By staff of Canadian Architect
Canadian Architect, April 22, 2015

Two British Columbia projects that demonstrate new ways to use wood and steel have garnered the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture award for 2015. The Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George is a centre of excellence at the University of Northern British Columbia. It aims to show that tall timber buildings can be economical and safe, and celebrates wood as a beautiful and sustainable material. The architect is Michael Green, FRAIC, of MGA | Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver. Read more…

Share Your Vancouver. Lead a Jane’s Walk!

Vancouver Jane’s Walk Festival May 1-3, 2015

JW-international_blank_templateWould you like to better connect with your neighbours, share stories about where you live, and address important themes like city-building, the urban environment, and strengthening communities?

On Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 3, 2015, join the thousands of people around the world who will come together to participate and walk the streets of their cities for the annual Jane’s Walk festival. The festival is a global movement of free, locally led walking tours inspired by iconic writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours.

In 2014, there were more than 1000 walks in more than 130 cities across 6 continents.

Anyone can lead a walk.

Everyone knows something about where they live. Every perspective is important to building vibrant and healthy cities. Jane’s Walk is about sharing the stories that bring communities together.

If you have a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood, then Jane’s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation through your community!

Organizing a walk is easy. It involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places, people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and then registering it online at

Some of the past walk themes have included being a newcomer to a community, architectural innovation, diaspora communities, food access and security, public art, public spaces, accessibility, health and wellbeing, sports, safety, gender issues, politics, community development, revitalization and much more.

The Jane’s Walk Team is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact for more information.


An architect has designed a wind turbine you can live inside

By CityMetric staff
April 14,2015, CityMetric

Today in crazy architecture news: a firm has designed a giant, circular wind turbine, which also happens to be inhabitable.

We can imagine a few potential objections – most obvious among them being, “What was that? I can’t hear you over the sound of the turbine.” But the wheel, planned for the port city of Rotterdam in southern Holland, would use a wind power technology with no moving parts, and should therefore be completely silent.

The electrostatic wind energy converter, developed in 2013 by a consortium of Dutch companies and academics, uses a combination of wind and water to generate power. Thin metal tubes across the turbine’s surface contain electrodes and nozzles which throw out a fine spray of water droplets. These are naturally attracted to the positive eletrodes, but are displaced by the wind blowing through the structure. This increases their potential energy, and it is this energy that can then be harnessed as electricity. Here’s a diagram: Read more…


Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

MontrealcityhallBy Tim Sandle
April 13, 2015, Digital Journal

Montreal – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Each year The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presents an award for the best coverage of architecture in the Canadian media. According to organization president Sam Oboh, RAIC acts as the voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada. One of the organization’s aims is to demonstrate how design can enhance the quality of life. In addition, the society emphasizes the important issues of society through responsible architecture.

(Left: A view of Montreal’s City Hall building, Bookchen)

For this year’s award, the RAIC recognized journalist François Cardinal for a two-part series about the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, which was recently constructed. Cardinal’s article was titled “Prix Citron and Maintenant, faut vivre avec.” Read more…

Virtual Reality: Coming to an Architecture Office Near You


By Josh Pabst
April 6, 2015, ArchDaily

Virtual Reality. It’s an old term, even an old technology, but it carries new weight – and it’s coming to architecture, soon. Its prevalence will be a result of its near universal accessibility; the experience can now be powered by the modern cell phone. It’s probably on your desk, in your pocket – you may even be reading on a virtual reality engine right now. The price point to participate, thanks to Google Cardboard and a device you already own, is less than twenty dollars.

Google Cardboard might be considered a wearable, but don’t think Google Glass and shiver. As it stands, the technology is more inline with a smart-tv or peripheral, not something to be worn in public. Before we get into what it is, let’s talk about what it can do. We as designers have gotten very good at showing what a space might look like, but in many ways we have come no further in demonstrating what a space feels like.

As a designer at smdpstudio and as an architectural photographer, this ability to virtually experience space is very attractive. The simple yet elegant technology gives the viewer – as we refer to it at smdpstudio – free will. You can choose where to look, and linger where you like. You are in the space and you yourself are ‘to scale’. It’s absolutely not the same as panning and orbiting while looking at your computer screen. Describing the experience is difficult for the same reason that it’s wonderful: it’s personal and almost tactile.

Using an image called a Photo Sphere in conjunction with Google Cardboard offers a unique experience to both designer and client. Creating and rendering Photo Spheres is only marginally more difficult than creating a traditional rendering. We model in 3D, yet continue to output 2D renderings or the occasional animation. Photo Spheres, like 2D renderings, take nowhere near the time or money required to produce an animation, but the impact is arguably even greater.


What makes me think this technology is going to take hold in our industry? Watching young and seasoned designers alike look around a rendered Photo Sphere inside Google Cardboard for the first time is like watching a YouTube video of a blind person seeing shapes for the first time or a deaf person hearing anew. It brings joy and excitement to their faces. It is a truly unique experience. Both designer and client equally enjoy seeing the design in such spatial clarity. As designers, this technology is a new tool in our arsenal to help illustrate sense of scale, adjacencies, context, and overall feeling of a space. Read more…

100 Breathtaking Buildings That Represent The Future Of Architecture

Where you’ll be living soon, from glass tree houses to inflatable buildings.

By Ariel Schwartz
April 8, 2015, Co.EXIST

100 Breathtaking Buildings That Represent The Future Of Architecture

Where you’ll be living soon, from glass tree houses to inflatable buildings.

What’s the future of architecture? Ask any architect and you’ll probably get a different answer. But the future proposed by architect Marc Kushner, also the founder of, is an attractive one. Breathing buildings, treehouse-like structures—they’re all there.

Kushner spoke about his vision, laid out in a new book called The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, at a lunch during this year’s TED conference in Vancouver. During the lunch, he echoed many of the themes from his TED talk in 2014—namely, that we, the general public, will shape that future.

According to Kushner, social media is giving people permission to experiment more with buildings. On Facebook and Twitter, onlookers can engage with architects during the construction phase of a building, providing potentially valuable (or just annoying) feedback. Read more…

City of Surrey Hosts Community Development Forum


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The City of Surrey is hosting its inaugural Evolution of Communities Forum at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on April 22, 2015. For the first time ever, urban leaders, business executives and strategists from across Western Canada and the US will gather to share innovative approaches and tactics that transform and develop their communities. Topics to be discussed include trending issues facing communities such as the utilization of big data and public safety, information management smart infrastructure, and emergency management.

This is the premiere platform where community leaders and developers will discuss real-word situations that have been proven to drive economic growth, maximize city system automation, produce effective planning processes and enhance transportation technologies.

It is poised to inform leaders who are tasked to develop and improve sustainable cities, while keeping a keen eye on efficiency, as city leaders are constantly challenged with limited human and financial resources.

“This event will truly be the first of it’s kind in the region,” says City Councillor of Surrey and co-chair of the forum, Bruce Hayne. “It is so important to explore innovative development strategies that change the communities where we live, work, and visit – having these discussions aid in smart city development.”

Speakers range from City Councillors and Technology Leaders to Emergency Communications Experts and who are visionaries in their respective fields along with Dr. Paul Terry – the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include:

Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)
John Longbottom, Smarter Solutions Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Perry England, Board Member, Seattle 2030, VP Building Performance, MacDonald Miller (Seattle, WA)
Chief Len Garis, Fire Chief, Surrey Fire Department

Participants will have a chance to learn from these speakers, moderators, and panellists and will be able to network with like-minded community innovators.

Founding partners of this inaugural forum include Simon Fraser University and IBM. Other key sponsors that have contributed to the success of this event include KPU and FortisBC.

For more information and how to register for this visionary dialogue, visit

Dates: April 22, 2015
Time: 7:30AM – Registration; 5:00PM – Reception
Admission: $129 (Promo Code: VIPPROMO)
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1N5

Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2015 Summer Walk Series

Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2015 Summer Walk Series
Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord: Explore Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and architectural styles. From enjoying some of the best buildings of the downtown core to highlight Vancouver’s transition into modern architecture to meandering through the Lakewood to Renfrew corridor. You’ll see the rebirth of this neighbourhood, where the buzz of new businesses is helping maintain local heritage, including residences. You can walk this hidden trove of beautiful homes in the shadow of Vancouver’s port. Grand views, heritage revitalization by astute buyers, and lovely architecture, as well as see how Little Italy has changed dramatically over the last decade. Take your pick from 5 different tours, or come enjoy them all.

  • May 8, 10am – 12pm- Post-War Architecture – Burrard Street Corridor
  • May 22, 10am – 12pm- East Hastings
  • June 12, 10am – 12pm- Grandview – north of Hastings Street (Hastings-Sunrise)
  • June 27, 10am – 12pm- Commercial Drive from Venables to McSpadden
  • July 10, 10am – 12pm- East Hastings
  • July 25, 10am – 12pm- Post-War Architecture – Burrard Street Corridor
  • August 15, 10am – 12pm- Grandview – north of Hastings Street (Hastings-Sunrise)
  • August 29, 10am – 12pm- Commercial Drive from Venables to McSpadden
  • October 9, 10am – 12pm- Art Deco (Downtown)
  • October 17, 10am – 12pm- Art Deco (Downtown)

Date: See above
Location: Meeting Place will be emailed to registrants before the tour
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-Core LUs (Per Tour)
Cost: $18.75 (+GST) ($15 for anyone not wanting their attendance reported to AIBC)
To register: